Holy Infant Jesus, Sisters of the
HOLY INFANT JESUS, SISTERS OF THE
Also known as Ladies Of St. Maur. The Sisters of the Holy Infant Jesus (Soeurs du Saint Enfant Jésus de Saint-Maur, HIJ), a congregation with papal approbation (1866), begun near Rouen, France, c. 1662 by (Blessed) Nicolas Barré, OMinim, for the education of poor girls. The sisters, who profess simple perpetual vows, are governed by a superior general who resides in Paris. The motherhouse is located on a street formerly called Saint-Maur; hence the title Ladies of St. Maur. Although engaged primarily as teachers in primary, secondary, and technical schools, they are active also in parish and social work, and child care institutions. The sisters are active in Europe and Asia.
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